Future of sport press | Wenger confident as are the players

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Gooooood morning. What an incredibly pleasant day it is outside? If the day were a person, it’d be Eboue at a Christmas party. A little ball of sunshine. Maybe not Eboue now. No World Cup for him this year. Sad times for the tiger suited right back.

So how was yesterday?

Well, it was quite fun. I got to sit in and watch a press conference. I took some snipey flak online for it. Shocker. Not sure why. I’m a fan, not a militant or a right wing action group looking to take down the club. You either want to see the day or you don’t. Being critiqued for going to yesterday is like being critiqued for going to games. I create Arsenal content everyday of the year, I have social channels dedicated to sharing that, if I can get some stuff to share, why not?  The same people who moan about me going to these things moan about journos. At least I’m a fan.

Anyway, whatever. It’s become quite clear that people snipe whatever happens here.

So what did I learn yesterday? Well, without meaning to take down and industry… especially one I’m about to sit with this evening, it’s not hard to see why traditional media is in such a hole at the moment. Yesterday’s press conference was 60 strong. 60 people there, all taking notes on the same event. 60 people who all loosely know each other. I mean, in the world of online content, originality and angle is king. How are these guys supposed to get an angle on a story if they’re all listening to the same thing?

I jumped in a cab with three online journalists on the way in. They told me they were almost solely KPI’d on page views. So it was all about the salacious title. David Ogilvy, the famous marketing creative once said 80% of a clients copy budget is in the headline. It’s true to an extent. Online is a cluttered space. Your headline needs to be punchy and interesting otherwise people won’t come… and I get this totally. However, if you’re KPId on page views, are you hitting for great journalism, or are you looking for the one fleck of controversy that will inflame page views?

Quick point here, I’m not for a minute suggesting all journalism is poor. Clearly it’s not. However, it feels like a lot of these online publications are missing a trick. There are three KPIs that are important from a digital perspective with a publication. The first is dwell time. If people don’t stay on your site very long, there might be a value with the advertising impression, but the person who has come on the site and disappeared in 5 seconds hasn’t built and affinity with your site because clearly they’re disappointed with the content. When you use misleading headlines and the story disappoints, you’ve lost a reader. The second is bounce rate. You want to hook people into the site. The Daily Mail side bar of shame is world class at keeping you online. The most important one for me, is return visitor rate. Does that person return off their own back?

There are only a few news publications I’ll return to regularly off my own back. The Times, because I pay for it and the Guardian, because the experience is a pleasant one. I’m not sure these publications focus enough on the bigger picture.

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The problem is they’re not generating enough revenue. Their solution? More adverts. More monetization. They’re the record label struggling to turn a profit because of falling sales coming up with the solution of putting record costs up. A couple of hideous websites for adverts are the Express and the Independent. I don’t click because the websites are so awful with their fullpage takeovers and the autoplay videos. No consideration for the user, all about pageviews in the moment. Not thinking about the lifetime value of that pageview.

Newspapers won’t survive unless they have amazing digital propositions. The reason their digital propositions are generally so bad is because their infrastructures are fat and bloated and they’re trying to shoe horn them into lean digital operations. Football journalism is changing, give it 10 years and things will be very different, because from where I’m looking, you can’t run a business the way these papers do and expect to survive.

I remember speaking to a very good journalist at a very good paper who told me he had to supplement his salary by £8k to survive. For me, the future model of journalism is freelance with a mix of newspaper and brand. The sad fact is, brands pay better. I pay journalists to work with me, so I know the prices that happen. One of the biggest English speaking publications (profitable publication as well) just asked me to write for them this Sunday… the offer? £50. Interestingly, the brand / publisher mix is happening with bloggers as well. They’re offering a supplementary living as well. It’s becoming one big blurred mess… but an interesting evolution as the industry buckles under the reality that they’ll have to evolve to survive the next ten years.

The jist of what I’m getting at here is that the page view will become an irrelevance… brilliant writing never will. Some papers are forgetting this and forcing journos to do things they’re not proud of. Very sad.

Anyway, onto the presser. What was interesting, outside the totally bland comments of Arsene, was that the journalists goad the manager. Not on purpose, but proceedings went a little like this.

‘Arsene, can you tell us about the futures of some of your key players?’

‘No, I’m not talking about that’

‘Arsene, what about Samir Nasri?’

‘I’m here to talk about the FA Cup’

‘Arsene, do you expect Fabianski to sign on again?’

‘I won’t talk about that’

‘Arsene, this could potentially be Vermaelen’s last game for the club?’

‘I won’t talk about that’

‘Arsene, can you give us a few quotes in French about Samir Nasri’s omittance from the squad?’

Honestly, you’re sitting at the back listening to this and you can’t quite fathom why they’re all asking the same questions? Obviously, not all of the questions were the same, but even the good ones were tepid.

‘Arsene, will the result affect your future?’

‘No’

You know you’ll get that response. Why not ask…

‘Arsene, if you lose this game at the weekend, do you think after 10 years without a trophy, you should resign?’

Isn’t that what journalism is about? Sparking a response? The manager gets such an easy ride in these things.

Anyway, not too much of a clue what’s going on. You sensed he was very confident by keen not to be complacent.

We then went on to watch the players train. Well, when I say train, we watched them run around the pitch twice. I don’t know much about fitness, but they basically looped the pitch twice, did 3 minutes of shuttle runs and a little bit of stretching. My Sunday league warm up. Proper not advanced.

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Anyway, it was great seeing the players so close. They’re just like big kids. Jack had accidentally hurt Koscielny and was begging for forgiveness… he didn’t get it. They all seem to really get on. You also realise how slim they all are. Very slight frames. Giroud is a big old lump though. He’s massive close up, but ultimately, I’m still going gay for him, so deal with it. Diaby is also quite a beast. We were shuffled out after 15min as the club were working on secret stuff. I left then, I met the assistant to Gary O’Driscoll and Colin Lewin after, she said she was a keen reader of Le Grove, what a superstar (or PR stooge, she was pretty). Hopefully that’s on a recommendation of her bosses!

Anyway, all good fun.Sounds like the club are going to make an effort to involve more than the press moving forward.

On the massive positive front. The players look relaxed, the manager sounds relaxed so I’m feeling good about the weekend. In fact, I’m feeling amazing about the weekend. I can’t wait. The FA Cup may not be premier in the players eyes, but it certainly is in terms of fan spectacle. If we finish the season on a win, it’ll be a great way to head into the summer. Some bloody silverware!

Right, that’s all I’ve got for you. Have a damn fine day. I’m at the Football Writers Awards tonight, if I get any off the record goss, I’ll share tomorrow.

HAVE A GOOD DAY DON’T BURN YOURSELF IN THE BLAZING HEAT BECAUSE YOU’LL PEEL WHICH IS NOT ATTRACTIVE.

x

P.S. I appreciate I make typos… so the quality isn’t up to newspapers levels.

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  1. MidwestGun

    But anyhow, more importantly,

    SHE WORE, SHE WORE, SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON
    SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON, IN THE MERRY MONTH OF MAY
    AND WHEN I ASKED HER WHY SHE WORE THAT RIBBON
    SHE SAID ITS FOR THE ARSENAL WHEN THEY GO TO WEMBERLEEEEYY

    WEMBERLEEEEYY, WEMBERLEEEEY, WE’RE THE FAMOUS ARSENAL AND WE’RE GOING TO WEMBERLEEEEY.

    WEMBERLEEEEYY, WEMBERLEEEEY, WE’RE THE FAMOUS ARSENAL AND WE’RE GOING TO WEMBERLEEEEY.

  2. WE WANT OUR GEOFF BACK

    Wheres Geoff? Is he still alive. Is he going to the FA Cup final?

    We Want our Geoff Back
    We Want our Geoff Back
    We Want our Geoff Back

  3. TitsMcgee

    Hull will be well up for this and are a decent side on their day.”

    Never underestimate Wenger’s ability to get in wrong but I don’t think even he can botch this game up.

    Hull will set up to make it difficult for us(like anyone who has given us trouble has this season) but I think they aren’t good enough to keep us from scoring the whole game. We score late first half and then get a second. 2-1

    God help him if he loses.

  4. WengerEagle

    Tbh not many people have the balls to ask the right questions in interviews. Even if you’re to talk about cycling and the Lance Armstrong scandal he got off pretty lightly in his interview on Oprah.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZgns7CXeUI

    Now THAT’S a guy with big balls, this was before Armstrong was even found to be doping. The reporter is my college lecturer’s brother as it happens, very nice guy and an excellent journalist.

  5. N5

    “Now THAT’S a guy with big balls, this was before Armstrong was even found to be doping. ”

    Lol, the irony in this sentence WE 😀

  6. WengerEagle

    ‘Most nervous I ever was the Villareal match at Highbury.
    Got sick before the match and genuinely had one of those couldn’t watch Lehmanns penalty save.’

    Same mate and for the 0-0 draw in the 2006 Champions League last 16 second leg against Real Madrid where I think Raul hit the post and missed a one on one with Lehmann. Still to this day that was by far the most entertaining 0-0 draw I’ve ever witnessed but at the time I was a nervous wreck.

  7. WengerEagle

    Tits

    Yeah I would have thought the same but tbh after Birmingham in 2011 and scraping past Wigan by the skin of our teeth I’m taken nothing for granted.

  8. bergkamplegend

    “SHE WORE, SHE WORE, SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON”

    The one who won the Eurovision contest ???

  9. N5

    Tomtom, he is spot on in that interview! what an intellegant man.

    It reminded me of a comedian talking about the San Fran gay pride march, he said I’m sure a dad holding a gay pride sign isn’t “proud” his sons gay, he’s accepting of it or tollerant of it or just down right used to it! but proud! like you would be of your son coming back from war, or passing his degree or saving a child from a burning building!! nope none of that fills me with pride but my son loving cock! now that’s a proud moment!!

    Lol, people should really listen to people liek Matt Walsh because he is spot on.

  10. MidwestGun

    TomTom –
    Ya that’s what I’m talking about and why America will always be polarized. Im probably one of the few moderate rednecks I know. 😀

  11. Rocky Pires

    I know what you mean WE listedned to the Real game on radio.

    I dont get like that nowadays, sort of enivitable we will loose the bigger games if you know what i mean. I support this club to the end but have being broken down by the succession of losses and let downs.

    I was confident in out ability to beat Wigan in penalities and to be fair I do think this team has resolve and leaders despite what press say.
    I would gladly follow Arteta, Merts,Ramseys and Sagnas lead.
    Then we have some good charachters in Podolski,Giroud and Gibbs who will give their all. Santi,Ozil and Ox/JAck are currently players when the going is good they are very good but when its not going so good they quiet bad .

    Interestingly I think Fabianski is a big leader and has greater personality than Schzeney and dare i say it even greater respect from his peers.

  12. N5

    Lol, WE two in a row mate, well done! you are on fire.

    Midwest, you are welcome to it matey, it isn’t helping me relax for the weekend though, I feel like a child that’s had to much sugar!!

  13. Rocky Pires

    IF Bac Sag’s is happy yo play second fiddle to Zabeleta and collect a healty cheque then good luck to him .

    He seems to be a decent skin and maybe staying in UK for good of his kids/wife as I’m sure PSG and Monaco are offering him top dollar in France.

    Some difference between living in Manchester and London though, bet it will cause some problems with his missuses as she appears settled in London

  14. Tomtom

    N5

    Yeah it’s a very well thought out response but you can guarantee that he will be chastised in the liberal media and will suffer in some respects for having the balls to state his position on this issue.

  15. N5

    Tomtom, I’m very PC, I have to be due to working as a Civil servant in England but you can’t argue with such a decently worded response to someone, especially when he gives direct examples of others not being accepted, I think he said it was Teebo or something regarding relegion.

    The whole part about my personal business whilst celebrating it just about everywhere was so spot on.

  16. Guns of brixton

    KK

    Its been a nice adventure, the players are good the manager is really really good and so are the staff and fans, i hope to win the FA cup before i return to Spartak.

  17. Rhys Jaggar

    I wouldn’t worry about typos, the Grauniad isn’t called that for nothing and the DT often has articles put online which haven’t even been proof-read as they have cut+paste misfit jobs right in them. As you were saying, they are looking to cut costs and they have wet-behind-the-ears interns on no salary writing stories for them. Many readers who used to buy a paper to be educated are now flying off the handle because they have to educate the ‘journalist’ about basic facts of life. Shame……

    As for ‘retention rates’, your site probably gets positive return visits, because you’re not so near to the power centres that people return for defensive reasons. I would never read the Daily Mail, the Telegraph etc for content, since 99% of it is inflammatory crap. However, you do need to be aware of what is being talked about and what the Establishment is putting out there. However, more often nowadays, I am comparing what Joe British Public is being fed to what other country’s Joe Public might be fed (go watch RT for a while to see what they say about Ukraine, amongst other things). The conclusion you tend to draw is that the EU is trying to do through economic/intel trouble making what Adolf Hitler tried to do with Blitzkrieg – expand Eastwards right up to Russia’s border and maybe into other states in its traditional sphere of influence (the Stans for example). The offer they made Yanukovych was complete shite compared to what Putin offered him, but because he refused it (and anyone worthy of calling himself the representative of the Ukrainian people would have done likewise) he was ousted. The people who object to that are now called ‘terrorists’ in the UK Press, but are often women who take their young kids with them whilst they stand in line to vote for greater autonomy from Kiev for the Donetsk region. Very violent those Ukrainian mothers, you know. Armed with handbags, lipstick and nail files. And their 75 year old mothers with walking sticks. Victoria Nuland is quaking in her boots as I speak……..

    As a journo, your editor will order you to go to an Arsene press conference. If you are a tough cookie who asks tough questions, you will likely ‘not be invited in future’, which kind of goes down badly with your editor. As a print journo, you probably have all the clout of an ant under an elephant’s foot, because you haven’t paid through the nose like Sky Sports has for TV rights. Maybe it’s why the newspapers are so into firing managers: it’s the one little crumb of power or influence they think they might have. It’s why they love catching EPL footballers with their pants down, with a fag in their mouth (cigarette not queen), in a hotel with hookers. It gives them something to run.

    As a fan, however, I find the whole media circus around football boring, contrived and insulting to the intelligence around 95% of the time. There’s far too many media people who like the sound of their own voice. I’d rather watch 55 minutes of football highlights and 5 minutes of chit chat than 40 minutes of football and 20 minutes of chit chat to be honest. The worst ever was at the start of London 2012, when BBC 1 was all about journos gossiping and you had to go online or to digital channels to actually watch the sportsmen/women compete. What a complete waste of license money, eh??

    There is, of course, one delicious scenario no one is talking about. ‘Mr Wenger, do you secretly hope that France completely balls up the World Cup, so that Deschamps is sacked and you are called in to rescue France’s honour in 2016 just as Aime Jacquet did in 1998?? Is this why you are delaying signing your new contract?!’

    The answer is probably ‘No and No’, but hey; it would be interesting to see if Wenger’s facial muscles twinged in response to what is a fairly hard-hitting question from an English journo who doesn’t want France to do very well either!

  18. Tomtom

    Looks like it could be another disappointing summer of transfers.
    It’s got to the stage now that I see no hope of us seriously challenging under Wenger and even if we do make some good signings I fear that wenger can’t compete tactically with the top managers in the game. It’s easy to see nothing but disillusionment ahead of us for the foreseeable future.

  19. Carts

    “However, more often nowadays, I am comparing what Joe British Public is being fed to what other country’s Joe Public might be fed (go watch RT for a while to see what they say about Ukraine, amongst other things). The conclusion you tend to draw is that the EU is trying to do through economic/intel trouble making what Adolf Hitler tried to do with Blitzkrieg – expand Eastwards right up to Russia’s border and maybe into other states in its traditional sphere of influence (the Stans for example). The offer they made Yanukovych was complete shite compared to what Putin offered him, but because he refused it (and anyone worthy of calling himself the representative of the Ukrainian people would have done likewise) he was ousted. The people who object to that are now called ‘terrorists’ in the UK Press, but are often women who take their young kids with them whilst they stand in line to vote for greater autonomy from Kiev for the Donetsk region. Very violent those Ukrainian mothers, you know. Armed with handbags, lipstick and nail files. And their 75 year old mothers with walking sticks. Victoria Nuland is quaking in her boots as I speak……..”

    My day on Le Grove starts with Jagger’s post. I have to read it several times to fully digest it.

    Slightly going of on a tangent here, but your second paragraph; just to be clear, are you partial to a bit of RT, or do you also scream “pro-russian propaganda”, as if to say all western media from here to the US isn’t propaganda as well.

    So much so, that a lot of us were duped into Iraq and Afghan’. And almost Syria and Libya.

  20. Tomtom

    On the point of Wenger taking over if France make a major fuck up at the World Cup I have to say that we all need hope in order to keep going but this is pretty far fetched in my opinion .
    It would be more realistic for me to hope that Brad Pitt treats Angelina Jolie like shit so that I may have a chance if they ever split up.

  21. Rob The Goon

    WE WANT OUR GEOFF BACK
    May 15, 2014 13:37:39

    Wheres Geoff? Is he still alive. Is he going to the FA Cup final?
    We Want our Geoff Back
    We Want our Geoff Back
    We Want our Geoff Back

    ____________________________________

    Are you Geoff in disguise?

    Perhaps we should get #WeWantOurGeoffBack trending on twitter

  22. MidwestGun

    N5-
    Wait……… you get paid for this too? Damn it! I need to talk to Pedro about my contract! 😡

    How long is an intern commentor contract anyways?

  23. zeus

    “… I met the assistant to Gary O’Driscoll and Colin Lewin after, she said she was a keen reader of Le Grove…”

    ********
    Sure Pedro. Even the board members read the grove -____-

  24. The Poldi Prince

    Pedro*

    Wouldn’t worry about the jealous loser slobs giving it to you for going to these great opportunities. They likely have little to no talent of their own, and couldn’t string a sentence together, let alone a paragraph or article.

    In Australia, its called ‘tall poppy syndrome’.

  25. Tomtom

    Carts

    I’ve just read the most incredibly dishonest comment piece in the Guardian and I found it so unbelievable, I wanted to get other people’s views on Pilger. I’ve long thought of him as a bit of a self-parody and one-trick pony (summary of his entire output: it’s all America’s fault), but to pretend that the US is ‘leading us towards a world war’ in Ukraine, despite the fact that only sanctions are at stake and the US and NATO have said there’s no prospect of military action, strikes me as so dishonest that it genuinely raises the question as to whether Pilger is paid by the Kremlin to put this stuff out. In his incredible article, he not only repeats the Russian propaganda about neo-Nazis attacking ethnic Russians on a large scale, but accuses the US of training and unleashing hordes of neo-facists who now threaten the security of the entire world.

    I’m not interested in getting into a debate about neo-facists or Ukraine per se, I am more interested in what opinions/ experience people here have of Pilger.

  26. Tomtom

    Le grove is great for a person that likes to procrastinate!
    Exam Monday but if I just post a few more comments on le grove….

  27. SurferX

    MidwestGun
    SurferX gets paid by the word, so he’s probably a billionaire by now. 😛 Might explain why he knows so much about finances. Hmmmm.

    Bah.. dont get paid a penny. If it was by the word, Id be minted.

  28. N5

    Lol Midwest, you know so many of these little emoticons. I only knew the smiley and the sad and now I know 👿 😆 😯 😳

  29. SurferX

    Mate.. I have spies everywhere 😀

    Did everyone see the tweet from TH14 this morning offering 2 tickets for the cup final?

    Thierry Henry @ThierryHenry · 2h
    2 FA Cup Final tickets free if you tell me the real reason I wear the number 14 on my jersey. I will pick the winner tomorrow. Good Luck..

  30. Duke

    I have a very funny cartoon video of a typical Nigerian Arsenal fan that i’ll like le-grove readers to enjoy and lol, but i dont know how to upload it. Any help?

  31. N5

    Duke, you can’t to this site mate, but you could upload it to YouTube and post the link if you have an account with them?

  32. Carts

    I’m not entirely familiar with John Pilger although I do agree that he very, or comes across as, anti-US.

    I just googled the article and skimread it. To suggest that the US is dragging us towards a war with Russia is wild. I don’t think either country has the finances to fund any wars. Russia’s economy is just about junk status; the US printing their money to stay afloat.

    However, I don’t think there’s any doubt the US has funded another coup and currently supports a fascist movement. Not to mention:

    Every year the American historian William Blum publishes his “updated summary of the record of US foreign policy” which shows that, since 1945, the US has tried to overthrow more than 50 governments, many of them democratically elected; grossly interfered in elections in 30 countries; bombed the civilian populations of 30 countries; used chemical and biological weapons; and attempted to assassinate foreign leaders.”

    Take that into account and one can see where paranoia starts to kick in. The US’ foreign policy is a big issue to world security. Their persistent meddling in other countries’ affairs is something a lot of us are tired of.

  33. bergkamplegend

    Bayern/Dortmund for the german cup final the same day.

    Hope dortmund will crush bayern, 5-2.

  34. MidwestGun

    N5 –
    Haha. Ya I did a disclaimer joke while Kj was gone because he said you should always put in your comment when your statement is an opinion. I said that would be a bit tedious because its a given.
    Anyhow, I did a disclaimer joke with his name in it and he said don’t do a joke about me behind my back. I said I knew you were gonna read it later! Lol
    Little over sensitive……. oh well.

  35. N5

    I know Midwest, I thought that. He got quite angry didn’t he. I think he was on his way out though because it was only a couple of days later he was moaning about Pedro on his Daily Mail piece.

    Oh well. :evil;

  36. Dissenter

    “We then went on to watch the players train. Well, when I say train, we watched them run around the pitch twice. I don’t know much about fitness, but they basically looped the pitch twice, did 3 minutes of shuttle runs and a little bit of stretching. My Sunday league warm up. Proper not advanced”

    Come on Pedro. they were just putting up a show for you lads before they really started training. It was a photo shoot, that all.

  37. Duke

    Thanks N5. I’ll try and see if i can open an account with youtube, although am not good when it comes to things like link sharing.

  38. Bacaryisgod

    To paraphrase Tarantino, “Geoff’s dead baby. Geoff’s dead”. For those of you new to the site, Geoff was Roy Evans to Pedro’s Gerard Houllier.

  39. Carts

    Btw, solid post, Pedro. Forgot to mention that.

    Mehdi Benatia available £16m? Not a chance. Roma will command at least £20m.

    Bad boy defender though

  40. Arsene's Nurse

    There’s been some good posts regarding the press conference and journalism in general. If Arsenal press conferences are so crap I wonder why anyone bothers going. If the relationship between the journalists and Wenger is so crap then what’s the point?

    If I were looking to ingratiate myself and get good copy I’d be trying to be a bit more intelligent and wily than asking about Nasri. Perhaps the journos are as bored with the whole pretence as much as Wenger is.

    I wonder if they draw straws in the office and the one with the shortest has to go to the Arsenal press conference, or worse, stand outside the Emirates on deadline day.

  41. Rocky Pires

    Great news Luiz to Bayern , that will means Martinez is free to leave . Cheque book at the ready Arsene

  42. Bacaryisgod

    Arsene really should have it easy this summer transfer window. He can add three players to the squad in the next couple of weeks (Aurier, Vela and Campbell) which would make him look like he’s active. He can then kick back for a couple of months watching the game of dominos unfold and see which striker player (Benzema, Manduzic etc) becomes available.

  43. MidwestGun

    I read somewhere that Stan Kroenke greatly admires Bill Bellicheck of the NFL Patriots organization and considers Mr Kraft (owner) and Bill to be the perfect pairing in a sports organization. Bill Bellicheck and Arsene’s press conferences eerily similar.

  44. MidwestGun

    Afterburn-
    True, Altho NFL has only one trophy to play for. I think the Managers personality, the Managers controlling genius persona, and the bizarre secrecy of the organizations are what make them similar press conferences and organizations.

  45. gambon

    Del Boy –
    Rodney – Pedro
    Grandad – El Tel
    Uncle Albert – Geoff
    Mike – Romford Pele
    Boycie – Surfer X
    Trigger – Keyser
    Micky Pearce – Kwik Fit
    Jevon – Radio Raheem
    The Turbanator – Sabeel
    Monkey Harris – Master P
    Dirty Barry – Tits McGee
    Roy Slater – Salparadise
    Denzel – Guns of Brixton
    Van Cleef – Josip Skoblar

  46. MidwestGun

    Trini –
    The Bears, or Daaaa Beaaarzz as we say. Lol Haven’t won anything in 30 yrs, but hey. Which is why I’m excited about FA Cup. Finally, a team I live and die for win something.

  47. Joe

    Totally off topic.

    Liverpool supporter trying to justify their collapse by saying they have 5 Players going to brazil for England. They are grasping at straws. Asked him if he was Wenger in disguise and wanting a trophy for it

  48. Revving Kevin

    Dear Arsenes nurse
    “If I were looking to ingratiate myself and get good copy I’d be trying to be a bit more intelligent and wily than asking about Nasri. Perhaps the journos are as bored with the whole pretence as much as Wenger is.”

    Spot on comment, totally agree.

    But journos aren’t interested in asking sensible questions. As Pedro himself admits, it is all about the headline. You need instant attention to keep readers on the page, especially the less well educated who believe everything they read.

    The fact is Managers are obliged to do these press conferences. Of course they don’t like them, the media are idiots who ask stupid questions and then deliberately ‘lie’ (Pedro would call it being creative) about what has been said. I am sure Wenger and most other managers have complete contempt for them. Even Maureen the ego is getting the hump. Alex Ferguson used to ban reporters that dared to ask a question he did not like. At least Wenger entertains the fools.

    Here is how they twist a story for sensationalism:

    Headline: MAN WITH HUGE BALLS AND A LARGE COCK FUCKS A BIG HAIRY GOAT

    The actual story is: A Man in charge of a lorry carrying 6ft round concrete stones and animal statues has been fined £200.00 and warned on his future behaviour. David Smith, 29 from London, admitted to a charge of dangerous driving. The court heard that Mr. Smith was distracted by an incoming text on his mobile phone and lost control of his vehicle, killing a three year old Angora goat belonging to a local farmer.

    You don’t have to be very bright to work in marketing or the media. You just have to be a liar without scruples.

  49. Arsene's Nurse

    @Revvin Kevin – which is why I don’t pay much attention to transfer rumours. Journalists simply don’t know and write bullshit for copy.

  50. Revving Kevin

    London Gunner is Pepsi (That’s your fault that is, talking about Jamaica) and N5 is Shirley.

    Marble Hall is Trigger, come on he is perfect for the role.

    gambon you omitted yourself.

    Unfortunately Victor Meldrew didnt appear in Only Fools and Horses, so I guess you couldn’t cast yourself 🙂

    I don’t believe it.

  51. Revving Kevin

    Dear AN
    Absolutely mate. I remember those terrible lies about Hillsborough can you imagine how the families felt.

    They have to fill pages, so they make up stories. I always laugh when it’s an ‘un named source’.

    They get away with it Becos unlike us, there are idiots out there who believe everything they read.

    With you on this subject I loathe the media hack.

  52. Guns of brixton

    Patrick Vieria:

    ”Cant believe its been 10 years since the 04 Invincibles team. Never can I lose the pride of Captaining such a team”

    CLUB .

    Not to over- read into things but he should of said club not team. what, he wasnt proud of the 05′ FA cup winning team?

  53. N5

    Revvin you would have to be one of Denzels brothers, they were hard nuts if I remember rightly, either that or one of the Driscoll brothers.

  54. andy1886

    Kev, the police fed those stories to the Sun to try and discredit the fans and get themselves out of the shit. Disgraceful, the question shouldn’t be if they get prosecuted but how long they spend in jail. Would love to see that s l a g Rebecca Brooks banged up too.

  55. Revving Kevin

    Dear N5
    That’s a bit harsh mate! I’m too good looking and intelligent to be one of them, lool.

    Mind you, I think I have one if those dodgy del boy phones in that sketch, with this smell checker!

    Sorry about the Shirley quip mate, but gambon left you out. How he didn’t have trigger as Marble/Dial/Brian/Minion I will never know!!

  56. Revving Kevin

    Nervous Nerys, yes quality forgot about her gambon.

    That show had so many fantastic characters, can’t remember anything like it.

    My wife’s favourite is Danger UXD with the blow up dolls. I love the trigger one with the medal for his broom, always makes me laugh. And Rodney joining the groovy gang.

  57. Revving Kevin

    Dear Guns, I totally agree. And that Gren free grass with notice and Marlene.

    Only Fos was do good Becos of the diversity if characters. In fact, every character was great. From bit part ones like Dirty Barry, Sid, Bronco, nervous Nerys and Tony Angelino to regulars like trigger, delboy, rodders, Albert and Boycie.

    Brilliant show. No other comedy had so many funny characters.

    Some episodes were Hillary owls.

  58. kwik fit

    Woy said the other day that Wazza was a role model to the other english players as he was given two weeks of but decided to spend his time in fitness training. Woy if your reading, and I’m pretty sure you are, here’s a picture of Wazza taken just yesterday. The guy is pretty focused on the World cup by the looks of things 🙂

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bnn5xToIMAAtank.jpg:large

  59. Revving Kevin

    Sorry.

    Not Gren free, I meant green green grass. And not Fos, that was Fools. This phone is annoying as hell, Americans have always destroyed out language. £40 month as well for the privet hedge.

  60. Revving Kevin

    Privilege….!!

    Now how on earth is that spell corrected to privet hedge?

    Sometimes it’s funny but it could be dangerous. Completely changes my words and sentences.

  61. Bero

    SHE WORE…SHE WORE…

    I am stoked for this weekend. COYG!

    …Pedro…don’t freakin pay any attention to anyone moaning about you going the pressa… it’s pretty fantastic you’re getting invited to all this stuff from running a blog in your spare time… I’d take it as a touch and most of the people moaning would go if they were invited…which they’re not, because they have no voice and haven’t built up a popular Arsenal blog or done anything else to warrant any invites to anything. Good on you mate. I appreciate all the effort you put in to write every day. I’ve really enjoyed reading le grove every day for the past I don’t know how long, but years now. So thanks, you deserve some perks for it.

  62. london gunner

    Fools and Horses eh?

    I’ll be David Beckham from the christmas special… I wish, actually his married to Victoria so noooo I don’t wish.

    Miss that show but whose Casandra trotter and Raquel?

  63. Trini-Gooner

    Midwest,

    I feel you bro, at least your team won a super bowl, I’m a Philadelphia Eagles fan. So between them and Arsenal I’m used to having promising teams and being let down lol.

  64. Arsene's Nurse

    Guns of brixton May 15, 2014 17:53:39

    BBC flopped it when they tried a prequel, ”Rock & Chips”
    horrible, crashed burned and vapourised.
    ————————————–
    Never mess with a classic.

    BBC repeated the whole series during the day about a year ago so I recorded them on the PVR.

    Brilliant to dip into on a shite rainy Sunday when there’s nothing else on.

  65. gonsterous

    The office had a party… My compliments to the chef…best cooked beef I’m had in a long time… Was so fine, I bet this cow had swag !!!

  66. Marko

    Trini-GoonerMay 15, 2014    18:17:41
    Midwest,I feel you bro, at least your team won a super bowl, I’m a Philadelphia Eagles fan. So between them and Arsenal I’m used to having promising teams and being let down lol

    Me too

  67. BacaryisGod

    I’m pretty sure I’ve figured out the delay on Arsene’s contract.

    He’s staying, because he’s definitely announced that. I think the issue is what role he will be staying in. I think if Arsenal win, he’ll stay on as manager. If they lose, he’ll stay at the club but in a different capacity (something akin to Director of Football). He’ll say that the team needs a fresh approach.

    You heard it here first. It’s the only thing that makes sense based on his recent statements.

  68. MidwestGun

    Oh no Eagles fans, hahaha Well that explains the negativity. 😛 Just kidding. I actually kinda liked the Eagles when they had Mcnasty I mean Mcnabb.
    Well maybe at least we can celebrate a Cup win and forget about the NFL. Then the World Cup, then we sign Benzema. Lol.

  69. Trini-Gooner

    Yea man, thanks to the Eagles (and Arsenal for that matter), I have been forced to emotionally withdraw myself from the goings-on at the club lol. But of course I keep coming back for more, I can’t help it!

    So yes, for both of our sake, let’s get the damn cup on Saturday lol

  70. Trini-Gooner

    london,

    Ironman is friggin insane! Big respect to anyone who even attempts that madness lol.

    Myself, I was always a rugby, football, golf, and cricket kind of guy lol. Make me run for 10 minutes without a ball and I’m bored lol.